SNES Games Confirmed for Nintendo Switch Online in the near future!!!

If you currently own a Switch console and have a subscription to Nintendo’s Online service you will be happy to know that SNES titles from the 90’s are expected to be available sometime this month. The Super NES games that have been confirmed to appear on Nintendo Switch Online this includes Star Fox 2, Super Punch Out, Breath Of Fire 2 and Kirby Super Star. The games just mentioned were all released between ’94-’96 with exception of Star Fox 2 which was initially released back in 2017. As it currently stands there are only four games announced to appear on Nintendo Switch Online and there is almost no question that more titles will eventually be available to subscribers throughout 2020. It should noted that the SNES Classic was very popular following its release back in late September 2017 and sold out very quickly as it relates to pre-orders. Just about every game featured on the SNES Classic was legendary and many gamers from today’s generation who are Switch owners can enjoy them for themselves if they are interested.

Based on what has been reported the four SNES games announced to appear on Nintendo Switch Online will come on December 12th. In addition, to having SNES title on the hybrid console it has also been confirmed that two classic NES games Journey to Silius, Crystalis will also appear on the Nintendo Switch in a few days as well. These are all titles from the 8 and 16-bit era that will definitely appeal to retro gamers if they do not have the NES or the SNES Classic by now. Hopefully we will see another set of SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online sometime in early 2020.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sparkster: (1994)

During the console wars between Nintendo and Sega that took place throughout the 90’s there were so Man big titles that appeared both on the SNES and Genesis that were classics. Sparkster a game that was both developed and published by Konami and released in ’94 may not necessarily be considered a classic by many people ; but it was still a solid platform shooter game during its time on the SNES. Sparkster was considered to be the direct sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures which came out back in ’93 exclusively for the Sega Genesis. As far as visuals and sprites were concerned many people would argue that Sparkster was more superior than Rocket Knight Adventures was on the Genesis console. Also, the soundtrack from Sparkster was pretty good especially the first stage which was arguably one of the most underrated 16-bit theme songs from the early 90’s. The plot for Sparkster was pretty basic and involved the Rocket Knight known as Sparkster trying to rescue a princess by the name of Flora within the kingdom of Eginasem.

The goal of rescuing Princess Flora comes with trying to overcome an onslaught of animal-based soldiers affiliated with the Lioness army; while dealing with a key antagonist known as Rocket Knight Axel Gear who aligned himself to take down Sparkster. The formula used in creating this game seemed intriguing since it took elements from popular platform games if the early 90’s and blended them into one. The damsel in distress element is one that has basically definite Super Mario games since its inception back in the mid 80’s. The idea of having a rival/nemesis to make life more difficult for the main protagonist is somewhat similar to what we got in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 back in ’94 when Knuckles The Echidna made his video game debut. The side scrolling shooter element of Sparkster felt somewhat similar to that of Mega Man X which was released for the SNES back in ’93. Following its initial release the feedback that Sparkster received a positive reception from critics for being an improvement over its predecessor. Despite, Sparkster not being on the same level as games such as Super Mario World, Mega Man X, Super Castlevania IV in relation to the platform genre its still a retro 16-bit that some people are still quite fond of to this day.

Resident Evil 3: Remake coming in 2020?

If you have been a huge fan of the Resident Evil series since the 90’s and were a huge fan of the trilogy of games that Capcom had released from ’96-’99 then you will be happy to know that a remastered version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is now currently in development. Based on what we know online rumors have been circulating as of late of a remastered version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis being released sometime in 2020. The idea is that that the Resident Evil 2: Remake which came out back in January 2019 was highly successful and ended up becoming one of the most popular video games of this year. Since its release Resident Evil 2: Remake had reportedly sold at least 4.7 million copies worldwide by September 2019 and is a game that people still right now. As far as Residents Evil 3: Nemesis from ’99 is concerned many would argue that quality wise it was as good as Resident Evil 2. However, one of the main drawbacks from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis included it short length in comparison to its ’98 predecessor which is not surprising since it came out less than two years later from that time.

While Capcom’s development regarding a high definition remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is still considered to be a rumor it would not be surprising if it were true. Following the release of the Resident Evil 2: Remake back in January 2019 Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi had mentioned the possibility of remaking Resident Evil 3: Nemesis if the fan support was high enough. Also, it was reported by popular YouTuber named Spawn Wave that Resident Evil 3: Nemesis would be on the horizon next year; multiple gaming websites have alluded to the fact that Capcom is indeed working on the game as we speak. Hopefully, we will learn more details about the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake from Capcom within the next few weeks. If Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake is currently in development right now and is scheduled for a release next year then its possible that we might see it sometime before or during E3 2020.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge (1995)

When it comes down to 2D fighting games from the 90’s that are considered to be underrated one of the few titles that comes to mind is Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge which was released back in 1995. Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge was initially released in arcade centers for the CP System II before appearing on the Sega Saturn in 1996. For whatever reason Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge never appeared on the PS1 despite the console being more popular both Japan and America. For those who do not know Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge was the direct sequel to the original Darkstalkers game Capcom had developed in ’94. Ironically, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors was ported for the PS1 in ’96 despite the quality of the game being slightly inferior compared to Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge. As far as popularity is concerned DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors was arguably a more well known title since it was the first entry within the entire series. In fact, Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge had the same characters, ending and plot from the ’94 game. However, Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge did have some new characters in addition to the likes of Morrigan Aensland, Lord Raptor, Hsien-Ko Felicia and others.

There were non-playable boss characters such as Huitzil & Pyron who were in the first DarkStalkers game that became selectable in Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge. Also, the improvements made to the gameplay for DarkStalkers Revenge was a positive. When it came downtown the super meters of the characters Capcom had decided to give them both EX & ES specials. While a EX special consumed the players entire special gauge an ES special took up about a fraction of the characters meter somewhat similar to the Street Fighter Alpha series from the mid to late 90’s. Its entire possible that Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge could have been way more popular than it was during ’95-’96 on the PS1. However, 2D fighting games were starting to lose their appeal in America & Japan during the mid 90’s in favor of 3D gaming. Despite, not being as popular as other 2D fighting games from the 90’s Night Warriors: DarkStalkers Revenge was still a very good fighting game that does not get talked about as much should.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Suikoden II: (1998)

As far as older RPG titles from the late 90’s are concerned there are various titles that instantly comes to mind to many people who were gamers during that time period. Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy VIII which were released between ’97-’99 by Square Enix were classics that arguably overshadowed just every other RPG that appeared on the original PlayStation console back then. While the two Final Fantasy titles that we got to see in the late 90’s were best-sellers for the PS1 game system there were also some memorable gems that were overshadowed on that console as well. There were titles such as Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Grandia and others that were all concerned to be memorable classics that were critically acclaimed. In addition, to those games Suikoden II was also considered to be top tier RPG from the late 90’s despite its sales. As far as quality was concerned Suikoden II had optimal quality in relation to 2D graphics which ironically may have affected the game’s overall sales following its initial Japanese release in December 1998. When it came down to PS1 games in relation to the mid to late 90’s more people were interested in 3D graphics while 2D gaming was seen as obsolete between ’97-’99.

However, Suikoden II was still a worth successor to its ’95 predecessor which was also developed and published by Konami and released during during that later part of that year. Not only does the plot for Suikoden II follow the events from the first game but also places emphasis on the continuous war between two nations known as Jowston and the Kingdom Of Highland despite the mutual peace agreement between both sides. The main antagonist Prince Luca who obsessed with destroying Jowston orchestrates a massacre on the city-state before him and his force return home with the main protagonist known as Riou and his ally Jowy escaping in the process. After being condemned by Highland for their treachery they both find themselves with two halves of the Rune Of The Beginning which bounds by Riou and Jowy together.

As players progress throughout the game as Riou they eventually are betrayed by Jowey who becomes a top official within the Kingdom Of Highland. While many players may have been upset with Jowy’s betray it made the story somewhat more interesting than the one from the original Suikoden game. In fact, many people agree that Suikoden II is quite possibly the best installment within the series despite the fact that it was released during a time where the popularity 2D RPG’s had briefly declined. If the Suikoden series had started sometime between ’90-’91 opposed to 1995 and it appeared on the Super NES it could have easily been way more popular than it was by the time released in America. Suikoden II was without a doubt one of the best JRPG games that Konami had produced during the 90’s. Sometimes its hard to believe that Suikoden II is over 20 years old; while are expecting a new installment within the series retro gamers would probably prefer seeing this RPG classic ported to current generation game console.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Breath Of Fire: (1993)

When it comes down to classic 16-bit RPG’s from the early 90’s there are so many titles from that time period that were considered to be memorable. There were RPG’s games such Secret Of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV and others that were popular on the Super NES console. While there were many big 16-bit RPG titles for the Super NES back in the day one of the few titles that people have fond memories about is the original Breath Of Fire game which was developed and published by Capcom. Breath Of Fire was a turn based RPG with an interesting plot which revolved around a civil war between two fictional clans known as the Light Dragons and the Dark Dragons. This single player RPG give players control of the main protagonist named Ryu who is among the last of an ancient race of beings that can transform into dragons. Ryu’s goal involves searching around the world for his sister after she is captured by the Dark Dragons. Also, Zog the Emperor of the Dark Dragons tries to take over the world by collecting the six goddess keys in order to release Tyr. In this game Tyr is also known Myria Goddess who is also the final boss in the original Breath Of Fire game.

Along with its 2D graphics the game had included detailed stats of each playable character with different attributes such as Strength, Stamina, Attack, Defense, Agility and others. Also, Breath Of Fire was played from a 2D isometric perspective which is was pretty unique back in the early 90’s especially since it made the game standout slightly more than titles such as Sega’s Phantasy Star or Square Enix’s Final Fantasy titles for the SNES. While having up to four characters on the field during battles players had the option of adding seven people to their party and switching them up whenever they desired. As popularity is concerned Breath Of Fire was critically acclaimed by RPG fans in both Japan and America and was even ported for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. The original Breath Of Fire game had eventually spawned a series of sequels that would last over two decades with the latest entry in the series being Breath Of Fire 6 which was released exclusively in Japan in Microsoft Windows and Mobile devices back in 2016. The original Breath Of Fire game is one that is considered to be among the best RPG’s of 1993 along with the likes of Secret Of Mana, Illusion Of Gaia and Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium. Surprisingly, Breath Of Fire never received any re-releases outside of the SNES other than the Game Boy Advance. However, there is no question that the original Breath Of Fire game is legendary and arguably one of the first high profile RPG’s that Capcom has ever made.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Suikoden: (1995)

When we talk about old school RPG’s which appeared on the PS1 that are considered to be classics from the 90’s there are many titles that comes to mind including the original Suikoden title. For those who do not know Suikoden was initially released in Japan in December ’95 before appearing in America a year in late ’96. The original Suikoden title eventually appeared on Sega Saturn in ’98 but remained as a Japanese exclusive since that console was not as popular as the PS1. Suikoden was arguably one of the best JRPG’s Konami has ever made in relation to the 90’s and this was a time period where the world saw many high profile 2D titles within the RPG genre. Square Enix had Final Fantasy IV-VI Sega had the Phantasy Star and the Shining series while Capcom had Breath Of Fire. Suikoden has well detailed 2D graphics and a compelling storyline that would easily capture the interest of players. The plot for the game revolves around the main character who is the son of a top general from the Scarlett Moon Empire name Teo McDohl. Throughout, the game players see the unnamed protagonist learn the truth about the Scarlett Moon Empire in relation to corruption among the top officials while starting their career within Imperial Army.

One of the main themes that Suikoden emphasizes is rebellion since the hero joins forces with other characters such as Viktor who was apart of an organization that are also against the corrupt Scarlett Moon Empire. After being enlisted within the Liberation Army by its leader Odessa Silverberg players can recruit over 100 different characters/warriors to support the hero’s cause in relation to combating the Scarlett Moon Empire. The gameplay follows a traditional RPG format in relation to battles where players can have up to six characters in a party during battles. The Runes magic system was unique especially since certain circumstances and conditions would determine what type attacks & spells players could utilize. The battle system in Suikoden was robust especially considering the fact that players could either engage in one on one duels versus war battles were the commands for each are different.

Some might argue that Suikoden was game that was ahead of its time and arguably better some 2D Final Fantasy games from the early 90’s despite not being quite as popular as FF VI-IV. If Suikoden was released for the Super NES back in ’95 some could argue that the game would stood out more than it did for the PS1. However, the Super NES was starting to get old in ’95 and more gamers from Japan and America started to become more interested in the 32-bit PS1 console since it was more superior in quality. Either way, Suikoden is still considered to be a legendary JRPG which has been around for approximately 24 years now and has spawned a series of direct sequels up until 2006.